Gallup Poll: RI one of U.S. most `liberal’ states
This probably comes as no surprise, but Rhode Island is one of the nation’s most liberal states, according to a recent nationwide Gallup public opinion survey. The poll of 185,538 adults nationwide carries an error margin of one percent.
The Gallup organization asked respondents whether they were liberal or conservative. As is usually the case, conservatives outnumber liberals nationwide. In Rhode Island, liberals make up 29.9 percent of the population aged 18 and older and conservatives make up 29.3 percent.
The most conservative states are in the Old Confederacy and the west. Mississippi rated most conservative, with 50.5 percent stating they are conservative, followed by Idaho (48.5 percent), Alabama (48.3 percent), Wyoming (47.4 percent), Utah (47.3 percent), South Dakota (46.9 percent), Louisiana (46.8 percent), North Dakota (46.7 percent), South Carolina (45.8 percent) and Arkansas (45.0 percent).
The 10 most liberal states are the District of Columbia (41.1 percent liberal), Vermont (30.5 percent), Rhode Island (29.9 percent), Massachusetts (28.0 percent), Connecticut (26.7 percent), New York (26.6 percent), Oregon (26.3 percent), Colorado (26.0), Washington State (25.9 percent) and New Jersey (24.2 percent).